Richard Sherman dove for the ball, rolled over to regain his footing, then splayed back out on the field with the interception in his hand to seal the result.
The 49ers, after a 37-20 win over the Packers that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated, return to their first Super Bowl since the 2012 season and seventh appearance in franchise history.
They’ll travel to Miami to face the Chiefs, who beat the Titans earlier Sunday for the AFC title, in pursuit of the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy and first since the 1994 season. The Chiefs are an early 1 1/2-point favorite according to BetMGM.com.
With them, they 49ers will bring the smothering defense and old-school, run-heavy game plan that outlasted Green Bay on Sunday.
Running back Raheem Mostert was the star of the show after running for a franchise-record 220 yards and four touchdowns.
Mostert was the Niners’ lead rusher this season in a three-headed attack. But he never came within 70 yards — or two touchdowns — of the monster game he inflicted on the Packers. Mostert piled up the most first-half rushing yards (160) of any player in a playoff game since 1963 and the second-most postseason rushing yards in NFL history.
The 49ers didn’t shy away from what worked, pounding the ball with 42 run plays to eight pass plays in an offensive plan so lopsided that All-Pro tight end George Kittle was targeted just once all game, halfway through the fourth quarter.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jori Epstein